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The $45 million face-lift that will make you like New York City’s Times Square

Excerpt from Fast Company

Aug 11, 2012 5:48 am

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The Bloomberg administration has done smart and pleasantly heavy-handed rethinks of the city’s public spaces, and its proposed changes to Times Square look like another step towards improving life for everyone who’s not in a car.

— Jason Clampet

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Hordes of people pass through Times Square each day. A planned makeover may help them actually enjoy it.

Last year, New York hosted a record 50 million tourists. Many gravitated toward the thriving logjam that is Times Square, where they collided with the 200,000 locals who toil away nearby. To alleviate that chaos, the area will undergo a $45 million, three-year face-lift beginning this fall. Craig Dykers–a partner in Snohetta, the Oslo- and New York-based architectural firm that’s spearheading the effort–explains the changes.

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